The Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology is published annually by the Center for Pastor Theologians.

The essays contained within the Bulletin are drawn from the papers presented at the Center’s bi-annual theological symposia for pastors. As such, each volume of the Bulletin focuses on a single theological theme relevant to ministry and the life of the church. Spanning a wide ministry context (rural, urban, small church, mega church)  and the breadth of evangelical denominational affiliations (Baptist, Anglican, Wesleyan, Reformed, Lutheran, Independent, etc.), the majority of our contributors are evangelical theologians and scholars whose primary vocation is pastoral ministry. It is our aim that the Bulletin model robust ecclesial theology — theology that is born out of a parish context and driven by parish questions and concerns.

Views of the contributors are their own, and not necessarily endorsed by the editorial staff or the Center. The Bulletin does not accept essay contributions outside the Center’s three pastoral fellowships.

Print editions of the Bulletin are available for purchase on Amazon. Free digital downloads of Bulletin essays are available below. Indexing available in Christian Periodical Index, owned by the Association of Christian Librarians and produced by EBSCOHost.

For more information about the Bulletin, or the Center, please contact Gerald Hiestand at ghiestand [at]

Editorial Staff

General Editor: Gerald L. Hiestand
Article Editor: Rev. Matthew Mason
Book Review Editor: Jeremy R. Mann
Editor’s Assistant: Soo Ai Kudo

Recent Volumes

“Essays on Sexuality and Gender” (1.1, 2014)
Contributors: Christopher Bechtel, Gerald Hiestand, Matthew Mason, David Morlan, Owen Strachan
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“Essays on Work, Wealth and Economics” (2.1, 2015)
Contributors: Scott Hafemann, Joel Lawrence, Michael LeFebvre, Gary L. Shultz Jr., and Matthew Ward
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“Essays on Liturgy, Worship, and Spiritual Formation” (3.1, 2016)
Contributors: David S. Morlan, Daniel J. Brendsel, Jeremy Mann, Ryan Jackson, Joel Willitts, Joseph Sherrard, Matthew Ward
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“Essays on the Doctrine of Creation” (4.1, Spring 2017)
Contributors: Jim Samra, Dillon T. Thornton, David Rudolph, Chris Bruno, Gary L. Shultz Jr., Gerald Hiestand
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